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    Member Array shingman2345's Avatar
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    Hot loads

    I went to a gun show one time and found a barrel for my 870 wingmaster. It was a shorter barrel for a conversion to a tactical shotgun. The person that sold it to me said not to shoot a hot load in it. Well I wounder what does it mean hot load. I guess I should have asked him but now it,s too late. I want to shoot a buck shot in it but I don,t know if I can shoot o-00 or ooo in it. What do you think I should do?

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    Whatever is good to go in the factory barrel would be good to go in the shorter barrel. Whatever your original manual, or Remington says is okay for the 870 Wingmaster should be okay then. Don't know what they could mean by "hot loads"? Steel or 3" mags?

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    The only thing I know of the term "hot loads" are like, hand loads with a larger than prescribed powder charge.

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    I have a 1964 vintage 870 chambered for 2 3/4" shells. Don't know for sure but might be possible to put a barrel chambered for 3" shells on it but it's not rated for the 3" shells. Might be what he meant?

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    I would think that any standard buckshot or slug 2 3/4 would work just fine
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    Keep in mind that "hot loads" are a relative thing. Most trap and skeet factory loadings actually reach higher chamber pressure readings than do the slug and buckshot loads.

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    If you handload, start of with standard factory-style loads, and work your way up. If all you do is buy off the shelf, anything your manual says will work.
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